Board applications

Board Applications Now Open

Our Board is one which embraces alternative thinking, innovation, strategy, influence and strong governance. We are seeking to enhance the diversity of our board to compliment the skills and experience required for the effective oversight and governance of SEMPHN’s activities. Applications are now invited for three Board positions, two generalist non-executive board directors and one General Practitioner non-executive board director.

Non-executive board directors (2)

We are seeking experienced people with broad skills and expertise, with strong finance or commercial experience, strategy creation or policy development, amongst others. People working in primary care in the SEMPHN region who have a strong governance background are encouraged to apply for these positions.

General Practitioner non-executive board director (1)

We are seeking a suitably qualified General Practitioner non-executive board director and in line with SEMPHN’s priority areas, we are particularly interested in applications from GPs with an interest or specialty in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, digital health and aged care.

SEMPHN is committed to diversity in our workforce and board members, where we can learn from life experiences and the perspectives of our people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation. Knowledge and experience in best practice corporate and clinical governance structures, policies and processes (particularly in the not-for-profit context) will be welcome.

How do Board appointments work?

The current SEMPHN Board may comprise up to nine directors, including three specific General Practitioner positions whose terms expire on a three-yearly basis (staggered in the first triennium).  This means that there is one GP director position as well as one non-GP director position elected each year. Retiring directors have the right to apply for reappointment. This provides for an annual cycle of Board renewal, with the Board’s Nominations Panel reviewing applications prior to the Annual Meeting in November each year.

Important dates

10 August 2020 Applications open
6 September 2020 Applications close
11 September 2020 Nominations Panel reviews and shortlists applications
5 October (to be confirmed) Interviews for candidates
25 November 2020 Board approves Nominations Panel recommendations

Advice to candidates

It is strongly advised that all candidates read the Constitution and the Skills Matrix (link downloads as spreadsheet) prior to applying. People who can demonstrate a strong commitment to primary care in the south eastern Melbourne catchment, either at a regional, state or national level, with a strong governance background are encouraged to apply for these positions. 

There are six Board meetings every year. Candidates need to be able to attend Board meetings either in person or virtually, every two months. Board meetings during the pandemic will be held virtually or in person as appropriate to government direction or restrictions. A copy of SEMPHN’s Constitution is here.

How to apply

Interested applicants for Board membership must complete the application form (downloads as Word document), skills matrix (downloads as spreadsheet) and supply a resume of no longer than four pages at Ethical Jobs by 11.59pm on 6 September, 2020.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview on Monday, 5 October 2020, with a view to have Board directors appointed on 25 November, 2020. 

If you would like more information about being a member of our Board, please contact Rachel Portelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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